Snowy Mountains Travel Guide

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    Well preserved hut
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Snowy Mountains Things to Do

  • Winter - Perisher Valley

    If you are looking for the best skiing and snowboarding in NSW - Perisher tops the list.If you are a skiier or boarder lucky enough to get a decent snowfall (which you have a very good chance of), then you will be in heaven (albeit a very cold one!)http://www.perisherblue.com.au/winter/info/stats.htmlThe above website contains the Perisher...

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  • Kiandra continued

    People came from all over Australia and what had once been isolated grazing country became a boom town. Several thousand endured the winter snows and freezing temperatures. They were ill-prepared and many were forced to see out the winter in canvas tents. However the rewards were extraordinary. The Sydney Morning Herald of 25 February 1860...

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  • What to expect when skiing

    Of the fifty rope tows, pomas, T-bars and chairs (not a cable car in sight) that your $96 per day (ouch) ticket gives you access to at Perisher-Blue Cow, you can expect a vast array of runs. There's a few beginners' areas, heaps of intermediate and some black runs.Where I am standing here at Blue Cow is the best place for black runs though the...

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  • A day in the snow

    While skiing, for me at least, there's more things than zooming down the slopes.There's the plethora of different styles of vehicles when you get there and somewhere beneath it all some little stream is slowy thawing as it makes its way down the mountains ultimately to the sea.There's clever advertising banners (pic 2) plastered all over the...

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  • Mount Blue Cow (part of Perisher Blue)

    I found Mount Blue Cow to have nicer ski runs, and more challenging runs for the more advanced skier/boarder.

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  • Kiandra

    This is a town that time almost forgot. Gold was its reason for being and, like so many of its ilk, when the mineral was in short supply, the town died, slowly crumbling into a forgotten ruin astride the Snowy Mountains Highway.It is one of the historical tragedies of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service that many of the old buildings were...

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  • Guthega sunset

    I'd just returned from skiing and it had been fairly intense. I was supposed to drive away and head for Jindabyne but, since I was in the motorhome and feeling hungry I thought, what the heck, why not cook some food. Which is what I did.Thus sated I started looking at the view and couldn't help but notice that sunset was fast approaching. I decided...

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  • Horse Back Riding

    We went horseback riding for an hour and half ($50AUD) through the snow...and it was a great experience. The horses were well tamed, and the scenery was incredible.It seemed quite cheeky to horseback in the snowy mountains...but it's okay to be a cheeky tourist every now and again. *smile* It was definitely the highlight of the trip.

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  • Schnapps Tasting

    This was a FUN experience. It's right on Alpine Way close to Thredbo. It's a little cottage with a couple from austria. The schnapps were excellent...and the experience was fabulous. Definitely check it out if you get a chance. We left with 4 bottles!

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    by lesaandbill Written Jun 12, 2006

    We went here for afternoon tea and for dinner...and it was a highlight of the trip.

    This is a cozy cottage...with a big deck for the summertime...and 2 massive fireplaces for the winter. They have endless amounts of schapps and excellent wine.

    For afternoon tea...they had yummy cheeses and wine...and for dinner...We were impressed by the king island eye fillet, wine and vegies. It was a great experience.

    There is even a maze for the kids...or at nighttime...after a few shots of schnapps...you can put on a headlight and go for a wander around yourself.

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Snowy Mountains Transportation

  • To avoid using wheel chains, use the Ski...

    From Jindabyne, follow the Thredbo signs and then take the Ski Tube turn-off. Park your car, then hop onto the Ski Tube. I personally prefer to drive to the ski resorts as I can leave things inside the car, but we took the ski tube. The combined cost of the ski tube and lift passes on Perisher Blue is $119.00 (2007 prices).

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  • Kosciuszko Express Chairlift

    This tip is actually about the ski resort of Thredbo, but it fits better with my tips for Jindabyne so I've put it here.This is a tip for SUMMER - the chairlift still runs up from Thredbo Village to Eagle's Nest. Once up here either go for a stroll around and enjoy the stunning views (this photo was taken in early spring after the ski season had...

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Snowy Mountains Shopping

  • by lachydragon Updated Dec 28, 2002

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    Nuggets Crossing is the best of the shopping areas in Jindabyne - it basically has the offices for the main ski-resorts, a supermarket, pharmacy, bakery, a few ski-hire places, gift shops, a photo gallery and a few more. When we were cross country skiing the bakery had some great filled sandwiches for lunches which we bought on our way through to the ski fields.

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Snowy Mountains Warnings and Dangers

  • Be careful whilst skiing!

    Never be on drugs, drunk or anything else whilst skiing. It can be very dangerous if you are all over the place.

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  • Careful in a snow blizzard!

    I got caught in a blizzard and it was very hard to see any bumps and immediate drops. I was reduced to a very slow skiing pace.Recommended to follow the directional poles and take it easy!

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  • Watch out roos skiing!!

    We noticed a couple of these traffic signs to watch out for roos skiing the slopes of the mountains. Since I visited in summertime I cannot verify whether it is really dangerous or not, but you'd better keep you eyes open! ;p

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Snowy Mountains Tourist Traps

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    by CandS Written Jan 10, 2005

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    You will have to pay for entry to the Kosciuszko National Park when you enter...it is fairly expensive (about $16 a day) but you can't get away without paying...the rangers will catch you out if you don't have a valid pass...

    You can pay for your pass at different points around the park.

    Thredbo Village

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Snowy Mountains What to Pack

  • Take a fly net or go insane!

    As soon as we left the NSW coast to go inland to Canberra we noticed all the horrible flies. They fly into your eyes, nose, mouth and ears! From Canberra to Cooma, the entrance to the Snowy Mountains it got even worse so we walked into an outdoor shop to see whether they had any fly nets for sale. They were sold out! Next stop Jindabyne theyt...

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  • Packing...

    Take bags that are easy to carry...especially in the winter when you won't be able to pull them along the ground on rollers... Take lots of warm clothes...even in summer it gets cold! In winter you will need all sorts of wet weather/snow gear too... Don't forget your sunscreen...the sun is VERY strong up there!!!

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Snowy Mountains Off The Beaten Path

  • Coolamine Homestead

    We departed after a brief photographic session and stopped en route to Yarrangobilly Caves at Coolamine Homestead, a rejuvenated collection of buildings dating from the late 19th century when this place was used for grazing, especially in summer. Newspaper clippings on one of the walls date back to 1892.There’s even a cheese house that dates back...

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  • Blue Waterholes

    At the Snowy Mountains Highway intersection we headed west and then turned off onto Long Plain Road for 15kms and then another 8 kilometres on more dirt that I won’t ever bother with again to reach Blue Waterholes. It was a spot I’d wanted to return to in order to visit a gorge but by the time we reached the campsite Lorraine was on edge about some...

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  • All along the Illawong Track - continued

    Other trekkers came and went as we grafted our way along the narrow trail past snow gums until, at times, the trail itself was indiscernible with fresh summer shrub branches overgrowing its meandering ways yet somehow you knew where it went and moved on, stumbling occasionally over a tree root or two until we paused in a small patch of tussock to...

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Snowy Mountains Sports & Outdoors

  • by lachydragon Written Dec 23, 2002

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    Aviod the crowds and see some stunning alpine scenery! I went cross country skiing in early spring after the ski-season had closed. We got some maps from Jindabyne (there's one specially showing corss-country trails) and headed up the road to Charlotte Pass. There was still enough snow to have a play on - I hadn't been XC skiing for about 8 years so it was fine to keep me entertained.

    We simply criss-crossed the mountain behind the resort and also headed up to Mount Stillwell for lovely views back down the road and down to the resort.

    Equipment: Bring your thermals, waterproof pants, XC skis & boots and an overjacket (even if the weather is clear and sunny). Make sure you also have water and snacks with you.

    My friend Tiago & I at Charlotte Pass

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  • Dead Horse Gap continued

    Here and there shadows were cast eerily across the tussock grass while Spanish Moss clung precariously to some holes in the dead branches; an occasional fern cluster sheltered at the base of rock groups and here and there a trickle filtered its way to the master stream below. The wildflowers grabbed a spot wherever they could, the eggs and bacon...

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  • Dead Horse Gap track

    DEAD HORSE, DEAD TREES, DEAD ROCKS, IS THERE LIFE UP HERE?It was amazing how dog tired we were after each day and yet, in the morning, we felt revived enough to attack yet another walk. This time it was to be Dead Horse Gap from Crackenback and then down Thredbo Creek back to the motorhome which would take our total for the four days to about 40...

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  • Blue Lake continued

    It was, on recollection, one of the truly great places I have seen in Australia, up alongside Lake Judd, Karijini and Carnarvon Gorge. Its aura and mystique will live with me forever.As we were leaving a couple came into view. First the lady, who was from Russia, then the obese Aussie male whose comment, “Is there a beer over the next hill?” really...

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